Nature photographer Ansel Adams born in San Francisco, California.
French author Pierre Boulle (Bridge on the River Kwai) born in Avignon, France.
Boulle won an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay and gave the shortest acceptance speech in Academy Award history, the single word "Merci."
Film director Robert Altman (McCabe & Mrs Miller) born in Kansas city, Missouri.
The Saturday Evening Post publishes the first of Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms - Freedom of Speech.
President Franklin Roosevelt had originally outlined the Four Freedoms in his 1941 State of the Union address.
Singer/guitarist for Steely Dan, Walter Becker is born in New York.
Colonel John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth aboard Friendship 7 making three orbits in 4 hours, 55 minutes.
Journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson commits suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head at the age of 67 at Owl Farm, in Woody Creek, Colorado.
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